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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Flinders Chase
Ontario
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“True wilderness”
Reviewed 3 June 2008

This wilderness retreat is certainly what it says it is.
We were dropped off by our tour bus at this place in the wilderness.
The rooms were comfortable and quiet without too much distraction to relaxing.
We did see some wildlife on our walks about the property and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
We did feel that we were in a retreat from a busy world and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Liked — Remote location and friendly staff
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 3 April 2008

I made this reservation through Sealink along with our ferry reservations. First off, Kangaroo Island is gorgeous and you just can't miss it if you travel to Australia. We flew into Adelaide, spent a couple days and then drove to the ferry at Cape Jervis. Be sure to allow enough time to drive to Cape Jervis as it's about 1.5 hrs to get there from Adelaide.

We rented a car so we could drive around the island and it took about 1.5 hrs to get to the KI Wilderness Retreat from Penneshaw. Do stop at Seal Bay on your way and take the guided tour ($13).

Our room was in the courtyard area and the restaurant at the retreat was GREAT! Kudos to the chefs there and all the staff. Everything from the appetizers of prawns and chicken skewers with peanut sauce to the fillet mignon and then banana pudding was to die for. We bought wine at Dudley's on our way to the retreat, so we took at to dinner with us. Get their Shiraz, it's amazing.

We saw kangaroos, wallabies, enchidnas, seals, sea lions, possums and beautiful birds. Watch your driving as roos will cross the road and trust me, they will win in a collision. We got to pet Amy the roo on the nocturnal walk. She was a real sweetie. Didn't really see any koalas very well on the walk, but it just gives me a reason to go back.

KI Wilderness Retreat offers free internet use which was a first on this trip and a very nice touch. James and crew were wonderful and it's obvious they love their jobs and their island. Thanks for a wonderful time!!

P.S. make the short drive to the Roo Lagoon Gallery and buy some of the most beatiful woodwork you'll find.

  • Liked — The feel of the resort and all the animals surrounding it
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with friends
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chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2008

My wife hates camping and saw the front entrance on the web site and was not excited to stay here. However we were pleasently surprised when we entered our family suite with our 3 children. The bathrooms are modern and everything was clean and very nice. It was way nicer than the web site pictures show. We were wondering how can the have a 4 star place in the wilderness. But they did!

It was very nice place and the food was good. Then the best part happened. As the sun set, the Wallabies came out and walked right up to our back door. . And not just a couple. There must have been 20 - 30 of them on the hotel grounds. Our kids had roo food and hand fed them all night. We just sat back and had a bottle of wine on our back patio watching the kids have fun. And when the children are happy, mom and dad are happy. If you have kids, this is the pace to stay. And don't forget to go on the night tour to look for Koalas and kangaroos We saw 8 Koalas and about 20 kangaroos.

Sea Link offers a one day tour of the island which leaves Adelaide at 6:30AM and returns at around 10PM. Don't waste your time. It's too much to do in one day. Take the 2 day tour with a stay at the Kangaroo Island Resort and give your kids memories they won't forget. We had more fun with the Wallabies at our back door than we ever did on the bus tour.

  • Liked — The Wallabies came up to our back door.
  • Disliked — No pool
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2008

My sister and I spent two nights at the Wilderness Retreat. it is located as close as it is possible to be to Flinders Chase National Park at the western end of Kangaroo Island. The very pleasant owners of the lodge are trying hard to be ecologically responsible. They have a bio-waste water recycling pond, and while they realise the irony of providing airconditioning and TV, they feel they need to do that in order to keep their four stars. But the property is filled with trees and birds, and the overweight littleTammar wallabies looking for a handout are a real plus for most people. Our room was comfortable but not lavish, we liked sitting out on our little veranda, the restaurant provides excellent food, and there are walks around the property that are pleasant and interesting.

The location can't be beat for people interested in visiting the national park. Be aware that it has just about been burnt to the ground, and it will be years, perhaps decades, before it is revegetated. It is hard to believe that the many firefighters made any kind of effort to save the park vegetation, just the buildings and continiguous blue gum plantations on private land. However, the heathland around Cape du Couedic is intact, including near Weir's cove and the Remarkables, and the NZ fur seal colony is well worth visiting. We spent part of two days there and also drove to Cape Borda to see the lighthouse and the Beautiful Firetail finches that hang out near the picnic shelter. (There is a tiny little pool with a drip feeding it that keeps them there.)

If you are interested in nature and need a very pleasant base in the west of Kangaroo Island you will be happy with the Wilderness Retreat.

  • Liked — Buildings incorporated into a natural environment
  • Disliked — The adjacent national park is badly burnt out.
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with family
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 15 January 2008

This hotel is just terrific, we spent only 1 night there and everything was perfect. We wish we had booked a couple of days more ! The location is perfect because you can drive there in 1 day, take a couple of days to rest or to visit around and 1 day to drive back to the ferry. The nature is wonderfull there and you can have a night walk with rangers to see the animals t 3 mn by car. The hotel is very clean, very confortable, you can borrow dvd, the restaurant is really good (asian fusion) and the service is warm and cool !!! No doubt, I will recommend it to anyone !

  • Liked — the wallabies in front of the bedroom
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2007

We stayed at the Retreat early November and what a fantastic place it is. The manager was very helpful and friendly. The food was exceptional , now considering we are both vegetarians that is saying something. The food was quite possibly the best vegetarian food I have ever had and the only downside was having to rush my dessert one night to go out on a nocturnal walk ( recommended at Hanson Bay). This was my bad timing though. The rooms were spacious clean and ours had a view to the gardens where we were visited nightly by the local wallabies which was one of the highlights of my stay in Australia. This retreat is conveniently located for various trips, and cannot be faulted in any way.If you love wildlife this is the place to stay. Well Done and lucky you if you book to go there!

  • Liked — Location, Food, wildlife
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2007

We stayed for a few nights in the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat back in Jan 07 and really loved it.
The rooms are comfortable and reasonably priced, the food is excellent and the whole place just has a really relaxing welcoming feel to it.

We went out to look for animals at dusk (dawn is just too much!) and saw heaps of wallabies and possums as well as an echidna, which was scuttling across the path and promptly rolled into a ball when it saw us.
There are also plenty of wallabies and possums wandering about in the courtyard at night, so you don't have to search very hard.

And there are fabulous places to drive to - beaches to die for, where you don't see anyone all day, strange rock formations, great walks.

We had a wonderful stay and would have booked for longer had we known how great it would be.

  • Stayed January 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat
Address: Lot 1 South Coast Road, Flinders Chase, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223, Australia
Region: Australia > South Australia > Kangaroo Island > Flinders Chase
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Flinders Chase
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly situated adjacent Flinders Chase National Park a unique mix of eco-friendly facilities, local food and wine and located in the middle of the forrest provide an unforgettable wilderness experience. The idyllic location provides the perfect base for discovering the splendor of Kangaroo Island's natural wonders before returning to the tranquillity of the retreat to enjoy comfortable accommodation in the company of friendly native animals and an amazing array of birdlife. ... more   less 
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